Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Pinnies And Petticoats Valentine's Showstopper.

Double chocolate shortbread hearts.

The Valentine's Showstopper Pinnies and Petticoats was our least attended baking club since the first one back in September but we can easily blame blizzards.  I passed three accidents on the way into town and was lucky to get there at all. It took me about two hours to get from work but I was actually very lucky as I had thought I might get home first and so had taken the road towards home rather than the most direct route to town which I heard on my radio had two fairly big accidents on it and was virtually closed for hours. Victoria from STV Online had chosen to cover the evening for a piece - see here - but the poor thing only managed to get there once we had given up waiting for her and so had cut into, and started devouring, everything.

I made the stripy heart double chocolate shortbreads (top pic) by adapting a recipe from The Great British Bake Off, How To Bake book. They were a last minute attempt after I tried the marbled-red-velvet-cream-cheese-brownies (look at the amazing photo of these!) from The Novice Chef Blog  but found my heart cutter wasn't deep enough.

My marbled brownies before I ruined them by trying to cut out hearts.
Photos of some of our other lovely bakes -

My favourite of the evening - Karen's gougeres.
Colene's showstopping banana and chocolate cake box filled with salted caramel macarons.
My perfect dessert - Tom's and Martin's Nutty Delight Cheesecake with a decent amount of amaretto.
Foodie Quine's Cherry Tomato Hearts and Cheese Oatcakes.

Do you love anyone enough to give them your last Rolo?

If anyone would like to join our friendly, informal baking club, please see our facebook page or come along to our next event.  You can bake anything you like for our Comic Relief Bake on Wednesday the 13th of March at 7pm at Tiger Tiger on Shiprow, Aberdeen. Bring a bake,  £5 for Comic Relief, and a Tupperware box to take home some samples of the baking. Friends are also welcome to help us finish all the yummy bakes!


  1. So sad to miss it this month, but was trying to talk another friend into coming in March (and she is some cook). Those frangipane tarts at the end look divine...

  2. The hearts are stunning!!
    Have a nice day

  3. What a lovely, lovely selection of bakes!

  4. They all look wonderful. Glad you got there and home again safely.

    1. Thanks Jac - yes, all safe and sound. Planning now for next month's bake.